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    In Circulation features in-depth articles and the latest news about the Museum Libraries' wide range of research activities and comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, electronic resources, and ephemera related to the history of art.

Met Libraries

Libraries, Archives, and Study Centers of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Libraries Open to the Public, with Requestable Collections

Thomas J. Watson Library
Nolen Library

Departmental Libraries with Requestable Collections and/or Open by Appointment

19th Century Art Library (part of the Department of European Paintings)

American Wing Library
Ancient Near East
Antonio Ratti Textile Center

Arms and Armor

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Robert Goldwater Library & Visual Resource Archive

Asian Art Library

The Cloisters Library and Archives
Costume Institute, Irene Lewisohn Costume Library

Drawings and Prints, Reference Collection and Study Rooms

Egyptian Art
European Paintings
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Islamic Art

Leonard A. Lauder Center (part of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art)

Medieval Art
Modern Art Library (part of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art)
Museum Archives
Museum Collection
Musical Instruments

Objects Conservation
The Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art in the Department of Greek and Roman Art

Paintings Conservation
Paper Conservation
Photographs, Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library & Study Room

Robert Lehman Collection Library

Scientific Research

Textile Conservation

The libraries of The Metropolitan Museum contain extensive collections of books, periodicals, photographs, manuscripts, electronic resources, ephemera and other scholarly materials. They serve the widest possible range of users, from young children to senior scholars. Each has its own subject emphasis and distinctive character. All of the libraries described serve the research needs and educational program of the Museum. Library patrons must comply with the individual library’s access policies and registration procedures.